An equipment malfunction was not slowing down Ula McPherson.
As her goggles filled with water and her swim cap fell off, the Bend High junior quickly regrouped to win the girls 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 02.99 seconds Friday night at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.
“I pulled it out for the team,” McPherson said. “That’s just the biggest motivator is just winning for the team. It’s all about points, and knowing that you’re swimming for somebody and it’s not just about you kind of brings everything into perspective and why you really swim.”
The Lava Bears outscored second-place Summit 449-260 at the Bend City Meet to win their fifth straight Mayor’s Trophy.
Mountain View placed third with 243 combined team points.
“Because it’s only Bend it shows who’s the best high school in town and it’s really nice to keep that streak going and win,” said McPherson, who also won the 50 freestyle in 25.11 seconds. “The 50 free is definitely my favorite event. It’s the one that I’m most passionate about and it’s the one that I love racing.”
With the City Meet taking place a week earlier than in past seasons and the Mountain Valley Conference championships still three weeks away, Bend, Summit and Mountain View swimmers have not begun tapering yet.
“It’s definitely not the best time that I can go,” McPherson said. “At this point in the season, it’s not really about the time. Districts and state, definitely when you’re suited up and rested and ready to go, that’s when you really see those (time) drops. Right now we’re just fresh out of some pretty hard workouts.”
Bend’s Maria Wold won the girls 200 individual medley in 2:12.98 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.94.
Wold, McPherson, Ryann Reid and Melia Costa took first in the 200 free relay in 1:43.02. Wold, McPherson, Reid and Paige Lyons then placed first in the 400 free relay in 3:45.82. Bend freshman Teagan Perret won the girls 100 backstroke in 1:03.06.
Lance Borgers, Brendan Reeves, Parker Ruggles and Gharret Brockman took first in the boys 200 free relay for the Lava Bears. Brockman also won the 100 backstroke in 54.72, and Reeves placed first in the 200 IM in 2:01.10. Bend’s Blaine Pappa won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.36.
“There’s a lot of talented swimmers across the three schools,” Bend coach Christy Perret said. “It was fun to watch them (Lava Bears) pull together as a team and it’s a really big stepping block for getting them excited for districts in three weeks.”
Ani Husaby led the Storm. Individually, the Summit junior won the 200 free in 2:00.11 and the 500 free in 5:19.47.
Husaby, Katherine Gilmore, Isabelle Young and Emma Cegelka also won the 200 medley relay in 1:53.36.
Summit’s Hunter Craft won the 100 fly in 55.43.
Griffin McKean racked up points for Mountain View. The senior won the 500 free in 4:55.46 and the 50 free in 21:47.
Freshman Durgan McKean won the 100 freestyle in 49.79.
Griffin McKean, Durgan McKean, Greg Kansky and Christopher Davami also took first in the 400 free relay in 3:28.29. Griffin McKean, Durgan McKean, Davami and Kieran Perret won the 200 medley relay in 1:43.66.
Mountain View senior Emma Brady won the girls 100 free in 54.83.
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